To: United Nations, Human Rights – Office of the High Commissioner
Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council
Re: Viet Nam land grabbing case and multiple human-rights violations needs to be addressed
In January 2019, the local government of Hai Duong city decided to expropriate farm land of Vu La village. The land has been farmed by over 100 families for decades and these families have user rights to the land in question. The farmers were opposed to the project because 1) farming is the only thing they know how to do for a living, 2) no alternative land user rights were offered, and 3) when the farmers asked, the government did not show them any local land-use plans. The purpose of the land grabbing appears to use the land as a basis for business venture by local party officials or to lease land-use rights to other enterprises, most possibly through auction by the highest bidders.
I enclosed below the evidence of multiple human rights violations by party officials since they proposed to discipline multiple teachers because the mothers of these teachers refused to give land to the government. As I understand it, it is a violation of human rights to prosecute individuals because of the actions of their family members.
The enclosed documents are 1) signed by local party officials of Nam Dong commune and circulated to the party committee of the city of Hai Duong, 2) proposed to establish an inspection team with 14 party members to consider implementing or proposing disciplinary actions for 7 teachers (who are party members) and 3) because their mothers refused to give land to the government.
I am writing to the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council because I learned that on 26 March 2014 the Council called on the Vietnamese Government to intervene urgently in a case of forced eviction of the last remaining residents of Con Dau, a small village located on the outskirts of Da Nang city in central Viet Nam.
I thank you for your considerations and I am looking forward to your reply.
Canada 05 March 2020,
Phạm Đình Bá- A representative of Vietnamese Journalists Union.
Enclosed: 2 pages